Blair, Lieutenant John Riggall

No 3 Sqn AFC

John Blair came from Rockhampton, Queensland. He was born on 21 January 1894 and was a Pastoralist when he enlisted in the 25th Infantry Battalion at Brisbane on 23 July 1915. He left from Brisbane on HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October. After service at Gallipoli he transferred to the 9th Battalion in March 1916. He received a bayonet wound in his right knee during the Battle of the Somme in July and was sent to Newcastle in England for hospital treatment. After recovery, he transferred to the AFC in April, and trained as an observer before being commissioned in June. He joined No 69 (Australian) Sqn on the Western Front in September and was injured in an accident in RE 8 A3756 in October. He had a short spell of leave in the UK before rejoining the squadron on 13 January.

He was killed in action on 26 January 1918 when flying as observer in RE 8 B5229, flown by 2Lt C Donahay, who was also killed, after the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, and crashed at Dranoutre when returning from a mission to check visibility for artillery observation.

Lt J R Blair is buried in Grave III F 50 at Ballieul (Extension) Cemetery, France.

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